April Fool's Day is a time to celebrate all things jocular, and the auto industry is no different. The holiday famous for playfully pitting friends against each other for the sake of lighthearted fun also has a long tradition of being enjoyed by some of your favorite car companies, often to our good-natured chagrin. Take a look at some of the more notable examples from throughout the years – it will give you something to do while you're replacing your roommate's seasons of "Breaking Bad" with "Toddlers & Tiaras" DVDs.
In 2010, Infinity tickled the collective automotive world when they announced some strange new features to be included in their upcoming models, including Gastronomi, an in-car system that monitors how hungry drivers get. Also in 2010 (apparently a banner year for auto-related hijinks), MINI published a press release introducing MINIMagic, a new type of paint that would let owners change the color of their MINI at will, as simply and quickly as applying a new coat of wax.
BMW has a long and storied history with the holiday as well. The German auto manufacturer has traditionally pulled out all the stops each year as far back as 1983. The online Museum of Hoaxes chronicled the company's escapades, which include such highlights as announcing an in-dashboard tire pressure control system, and a system that claimed to take over driving for you if you fell asleep at the wheel ("lose consciousness, not control").
Admittedly, some of those pranks sound like pretty sweet features.
If you're looking to join the auto industry's April Fool's celebration by shopping for a used car, head to NJ State Auto Auction. There are hundreds of Carfax-certified cars, trucks and vans on the lot, as well as an in-house financing department to help you qualify for a loan for your choice used car – all without the unwanted surprises found April 1.